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Farmers urged to uphold traditional farming method


Stakeholders in food security are urging farmers in the northern region to stick to old farming practices to ensure food security in the country.
Stakeholders say any shift from the traditional mode of sowing seeds under the pretext it is labour intensive could affect food production in the country, especially northern Ghana .
The Community Life Improvement Programme (CLIP) Officer in-charge of food security Yussif Luqman who stated this advice to farmers about  the adverse effects on their yields and appealed to farmers to stop broadcasting groundnut as method of sowing it.
Mr. Luqman was presenting a study conducted by agronomic and socio-economic by CLIP at an annual Ghana Developing Communities Associations (GDCA) media review meeting in Tamale.
Mr. Luqman also appealed to the media to help sensitize farmers on the need to uphold old farming practices.
The study reveals that, some farmers in selected communities in Karaga and Yendi Districts where the crop is cultivated have resorted to the broadcasting method in sowing groundnut instead of dibbling method.
Mr Luqman said the practice poses a greater challenge in terms of weeding, fertilizer application and harvesting and urged the farmers to stick to the old farming practices.
He emphasized that dibbling is still the recommended method which agric experts say gives higher yields.
The media review meeting is a quarterly meeting instituted by GDCA to take stock of their operations, challenges and how to address those challenges towards the development of northern Ghana.
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